A short history of the automobile's biggest life saver
By Preston LernerPosted 09.11.2012 at 11:35 am 0 Comments
I remember the precise moment when I vowed never to drive, or even ride, in a car without wearing a snugged-up seat belt. It was the afternoon of Sunday, May 25, 1975, during ABC’s broadcast – tape-delayed back in those days – of the Indianapolis 500. Lap 126, for those keeping score at home.
By Preston LernerPosted 09.04.2012 at 10:13 am 0 Comments
Like many of the lessons taught in driver-education classes in days of yore, the exhortation to "pump the brakes" when skidding on a slick or snowy road wasn't entirely correct. The problem that this technique was supposed to address was brake lockup. Although it may seem counterintuitive, a locked wheel, i.e. a wheel that isn't turning, doesn't stop nearly as effectively as one that's turning slowly. Also, if the tires are skidding, you lose all directional control, which means that you can no longer can steer the car.